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A fledgling epic, For Good is Aleine Skyfire’sAlternate Universe for Buzz Lightyear of Star Command. The first and only multi-chaptered fic for the series, Breakaway, is based on the concept of how one person can make a big impact. And with an expanded summary on FF.N, how "a handful of people" can impact the galaxy.The protagonist, Erin Frame, is an OC, but the unique concept of the story is that she is a BLoSC fan time-traveled to the Galactic Alliance. Her characterization is carefully developed throughout the fic as a dynamic character; the characterizations of Team Lightyear and Warp Darkmatter are also handled with care and realism. Chapters 9 and 10 introduce some important new characters, along with a Zurg subplot and a new direction for the story at The Academy. The series appears to be headed eventually for some kind of galactic war, as hinted at in the prologue and Chapter 10 - thus justifying the author's use of the word "epic".The series also includes two collections of one-shots: a sort of eXperimentalcanon at the XR fan club, and a ships 50 on FF.N (Warp/Erin, not to be confused with the author's other BLoSC Ships 50, which is Buzz/Mira). One roleplay arc (now abandoned) at the XR forum made something of a secondary canon - most of the stuff regarding Buzz and Erin can be taken as fully canonical, considering that the author played both characters.Now has its own Character Sheet, for your convenience.
Brown Eyes: Erin. The color acts as a reminder of her Spanish-Jewish heritage and as an symbol of her normalcy amongst so many blue eyes (Buzz, Mira, and Warp). In the roleplay, she was established as a pro at using Puppy-Dog Eyes, and, for having such a normal eye color, she can still do a piercing stare with the best of them.
Call Back: Erin's reaction to the Orion Nebula seems to be a call back both to her initial reaction to Outer Space earlier in the story and to the original version, Watermark.
Character Development: One of the long-established purposes of the series is to develop Buzz's characterization by giving him a sister. The original story, for all its faults, did well in this regard by showing enough scenes with Buzz and Erin that would bring them to a close sibling relationship. The rewrite still shows Buzz awkward with his new-found sibling status in the beginning, and it also shows Buzz giving Erin a brotherly hug before she enters the Academy. On the other hand, a lot of the development of the original in-between the two points in time is lost, including driving lessons, physical training, and pancakes.
It seems, however, that the author is also trying to be more subtle about the changes in Buzz: "For Buzz, well… one would rarely ever be able to tell how life was affecting him or not affecting him. For all his many and varied emotional displays, he seemed never to change."
But let's not forget Mira, who admits to Erin that she has issues in her own love life.
Or Warp, for that matter. Even if he's not dropping everything for The Girl, he's still bothered by a pair of bigbrown eyes.
Characterization Marches On: Between Breakaway and the roleplay arc (both developed well over a year's time), one could well be confused about Erin's age and maturity.
Forgotten Family: As one reviewer pointed out, Erin's family fades into oblivion. The author admitted to the reviewer that, in the long course of writing the fic (the rewrite has been going since early 2010), she actually forgot about the Frame family!
Full-Name Basis: Eda-Ji-Kep does this, although it's said to be a characteristic of his race. And he splits full names into three parts, the way that his race makes names. Erin Frame becomes Er-In-Frame.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Ever since Chapter 9, we've been introduced to OC after OC, starting with Zomega and continuing on with Ricki, Windy, & Ice, then Indy, Cody, Clutch, & Eda-Ji-Kep... and likely more to come. Justified in that this is a Next Gen Fic; see below.
Love Redeems: Okay, this is not a spoiler... Warp. Because of Erin.
Next Gen Fic: Roughly midway through the story, Breakaway turned into this, shifting the focus from Erin and Team Lightyear to Erin and her fellow cadets. What makes it Next Gen is that the 3008 & 3009 classes are considered in-universe to be the next generation of Star Command, completely separate even from Rangers like Mira, Booster, and XR, who themselves are still rookies.
Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: With the players providing Buzz & Erin and Warp on one side, the players providing Zurg and Hellboy & Liz on the other, and the player providing Mira and Woody in-between (usually further on the idealistic side, though). It made for interesting dynamics.